Christine Lugo-Yergensen stands in the room that will be transformed on Nov. 27 to house the Friendsgiving Feast. Photo by Jana Bounds

Free Friendsgiving Feast for all Big Sky residents

Businesses and organizations come together to create community event

The Big Sky community has come together to help Wilson Hotel Sales Manager Christine Lugo-Yergensen create the first – and potentially annual–  Friendsgiving Feast, a free hot meal available to all Big Sky residents. The gathering will be held at the hotel on Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. 

“I think it’s going to be a really fun event,” she said and specified there will be two large family style tables. 

“Since it’s going to be family style, we’re hoping that everybody can get to know each other. We’re going to do all the tablescapes so everything will be beautiful,” she said. 

After a conversation with the Big Sky Community Food Bank, they decided to prepare for about 250 people, but are encouraging those planning to attend to RSVP so they can be prepared. 

“I was thinking about Thanksgiving last year – everybody just kind of finds a friend and they go over to their house. Some people don’t always have a place to have dinner or have a stove to cook on,” she said for her inspiration in coming-up with the idea. “I just want to make sure everybody has a good meal – that is always my plan of attack for kids and families. I think the Wilson is the perfect place. We are all about the community.” 

She pitched the idea to general manager Mandy Hotovy and was off and running – coordinating with the food bank and with area businesses. 

The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation donated “a good amount of money” and her husband who is a pastry chef at the club is making the pies. 

In true community fashion, he Blue Moon Bakery is donating the rolls, the food bank is donating the mashed potatoes, Rotary Club of Big Sky members will be helping, Roxy’s Market donated the turkeys and Gourmet Gals Catering will be helping prepare much of the food. 

“People can take food either to-go in to-go containers or they can sit-down and eat. Anything left over we’re going to give to the food bank, so they can make those frozen meals,” she said. “That way on Thanksgiving Day anyone can heat it up and have their meal that way.” 

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